Category Archives: Ecumenism

Christological Correction of Church and Ministry: T.F. Torrance on the Contribution of the Reformed Tradition to the Church Universal

It is just here that the Reformed Churches have a witness to give and a contribution to make of great significance to the situation of the world Church today: in picking up again the Reformed integration of the different doctrines … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Ecclesiology, Ecumenism, John Calvin, Protestantism, Reformation, Reformed theology, Roman Catholicism, T.F. Torrance | Leave a comment

The Catholic Roots of Luther’s Gospel: The Sacrament of Penance and the Surety of Faith

[W]e now turn to the holy sacraments and their blessings to learn to know their benefits and how to use them. Anyone who is granted the time and the grace to confess, to be absolved, and to receive the sacrament … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Church history, Critiques of Protestantism, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Justification, Law & Gospel, Martin Luther, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Roman Catholicism, Sacramentalism, Scholasticism, Soteriology, Stephen Strehle, Thomas Aquinas, Word of God

The Witness of Martin Luther to the Catholic Church of Today

As an introduction to this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Catholic Church, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), prepared and published the following statement [full text here]: In 1517 Martin Luther raised … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Martin Luther, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Roman Catholicism

Post Tenebras Lux: After 500 Years, Can Reformation Finally Come to the Heart of Roman Catholicism?

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a picture of Martin Luther posted on the right in front of a Catholic Church in Italy in remembrance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Don’t believe me? Here … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Italian evangelicalism, Italian Reformation, Italy, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Personal, Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Francis, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism, Scripture

True Ecumenism: Pope Francis and the Centrality of Jesus Christ

As of late I have written a number of articles that address the now 500 year old division between the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches. I have been largely critical of what I see in the Catholic Church as standing … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Ecumenism, Karl Barth, Martin Luther, Pope Francis, Protestantism, Reformation, Roman Catholicism | 2 Comments

Not of This World: Why the Way of the Cross Opposes the Will to Power

This week Fr. Paul Samasumo, writing on behalf of Radio Vaticana, reported on an interesting development regarding the Catholic Church’s international relations: Pope Francis Monday revealed that the number of ambassadors accredited to the Holy See has grown. In his annual address … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Ecumenism, Italian evangelicalism, Judgment of God, Kingdom of God, Leonardo De Chirico, Martin Luther, Politics, Pope Francis, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism

The Only Fountain of Salvation: Sola Scriptura and the Faith of the Early Church

One of the most common objections that I hear from Roman Catholics against the five solas of the Reformation, especially to sola Scriptura, is that these were complete novelties invented by the Protestant Reformers in blatant contradiction to the first centuries of church history. … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Biblical interpretation, Creeds, Critiques of Protestantism, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Homoousion, Irenaeus, John Calvin, John Chrysostom, Martin Luther, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Reformed theology, Reforming Catholicism, Revelation, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Tertullian, Word of God

No Babel After Pentecost: The Unity of the Church as a Multiplicity of Tongues

In his book Biblical Authority After Babel, Kevin Vanhoozer acknowledges the common complaint lodged against Protestants that the Reformation, and in particular its notion of sola Scriptura – unleashed interpretive anarchy within the church, allowing each one to read the Bible as was … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Biblical interpretation, Critiques of Protestantism, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Kevin Vanhoozer, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura Pro Sola Ecclesia: The Catholic Power of a Tethered Plurality

This post marks the first in a series in which I will be retrieving and defending what is sometimes called the ‘formal principle’ of the Protestant Reformation: sola Scriptura. Perhaps none of the other Reformational solas is as maligned, even by many … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Confessions, Creeds, Ecumenism, Five Solas, John Calvin, Kevin Vanhoozer, Personal, Protestant theology, Reformation, Reformed theology, Roman Catholicism, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Union with Christ, Word of God | 1 Comment

All the World Sub Petro: The Goal and Scope of Roman Catholic Ecumenism

With the approaching 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses and the concomitant efforts to ecumenically declare, in the wake of initiatives such as the joint Lutheran-Catholic statement on justification, the end of the Reformation, it is important that non-Roman Christians, especially … Continue reading

Posted in Ecumenism, Eschatology, Leonardo De Chirico, Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Francis, Reformation, Roman Catholicism, Sacramentalism